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British marine staff searching an Omani ship for Slavery Arms trade

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British marine staff searching Omani ship Slavery arms trade

 

Original photo of British marine staff searching an Omani ship Boom / Dhow for illegal arms or slaves taken 1890-1905.  The photographer is unknown.

 

 Oman slavery ship

 

Description:

High resolution photo of British marine staff searching an Omani ship for slaves or weapons. The photo is taken from a British War-ship before the Omani coast.Very rare photo.  Size 10 by 15 cm. Very high resolution photo. Rare photo of such an ocean going dhow (named boom) being searched by the British Navy. In fact all photos of ocean going dhows in the 19th century are rare.

 References:
  1.  "Gun Running and the North West Frontier" p 50 etc. published in 1911 (Omani smuggling guns through Baluchistan to rebels)
  2. "Dhow Chasing in Zanzibar waters" published in 1873 (British Navy searching for slaves being smuggled by the Arabs from the 1870´s onwards in the seas before Oman and Zanzibar)
  3.  "vom Mittelmeer zum Persischen Golf " by Max Oppenheim in Berlin 1900 (p320 below) mentions: "Unlangst wurde die aus gewehren bestehende aus England stammende Ladung eines grosses Englischen schiff s in den gewassern von Maskat konfisziert nachdem England, Persien und Indien im jahre 1898 einen vertrag wegen unterdruckung der ausfuhr von waffen und munition von Maskat nach den indsichen und perzischen hafen abgeschlossen haben"
  4. On Omani ship types used in the slave trade and smuggling see The London illustrated news item below and Tribute to Oman 1994 (Year of heritage) p 42-55 The end of the Boom years" which discusses "dhow building at Sur" and the types of "Dhows" used in Oman in the past. and the next item in our website.